Article 8 of the Atlantic Charter states:
they believe that all of the nations of the world, for realistic as well as spiritual reasons must come to the abandonment of the use of force. Since no future peace can be maintained if land, sea or air armaments continue to be employed by nations which threaten, or may threaten, aggression outside of their frontiers, they believe, pending the establishment of a wider and permanent system of general security, that the disarmament of such nations is essential. They will likewise aid and encourage all other practicable measure which will lighten for peace-loving peoples the crushing burden of armaments.
There can be no enforced disarmament of an opposing power without the unconditional surrender of such an opposing power. Thus, implicitly if not explicitly, the demand for unconditional surrender of Germany and its allies has been agreed by the U.S.A. and U.K. on the publication date of that agreement: AUGUST 14, 1941.
This was a key lesson from the events of November 11, 1918, through signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919: namely, that once the army of any nation has once laid down its arms, that is a de facto unconditional surrender. The victor is now both entitled, and enabled, to
demand and enforce any terms at all, as all means of resisting such claims has been abandoned. None of this would have been lost on any of Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, or Hitler.
The claim is made below that pronouncements made in August 1941 cannot be regarded as "formal war objectives, ... for reasons that I hope I don't have to explain on a history forum." I counter that perhaps that should be be properly explained on a history forum, as the U.S. was already, unofficially and purely defensively of course, at war with Nazi Germany in August 1941. Prior to the August 14 date, U.S. Merchant marine losses to German action already amounted to:
That's 3 crew lives lost, 3 vessels sunk, and 2 vessels damaged up to August 11, 1941. Another vessel, the Longtaker, would be sunk with 24 crew lives lost 3 days later on August 17. The Destroyers-for-Bases with United Kingdom was already more than a year in the past.
And, one should carefully note the sixth Article of the conference, including the clear statement "after the final destruction of the Nazi tyranny":
Sixth, after the final destruction of the Nazi tyranny, they hope to see established a peace which will afford to all nations the means of dwelling in safety within their own boundaries, and which will afford assurance that all the men in all lands may live out their lives in freedom from fear and want;
The notion that the Atlantic Charter was not a joint statement by war allies I find risibly absurd. it was planned as such, held as such, and closed as such. That the Pearl Harbor attack remained some months in the future is a mere accident of timing.